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Weddings

We see people as unique, loved creations of God and welcome all people to the full life of Christian community, including marriage. We believe God intends loving relationships to be faithful, responsible, just, healing and sustaining of the couple and those around them, and that such relationships require preparation and nurture.

If you would like to be married at Walton, please see our Wedding pages for more information.

Baptisms

Baptism is a symbolic action that signifies the new life God gives us as we join the church community. Click here for more information about Baptisms at Walton.

Celebration of Life & Funerals

Our minister and pastoral care team can help you find the support and care that you need during your time of loss and transition. We welcome you for Funerals, Memorial Services and Celebration of Life Services.

The building also has excellent Reception facilities on site with lots of free off-street parking.

Alternatively, you can arrange to have the Service at your own location, whether at a funeral home, cemetery or some other venue. Please contact the office at 905-827-1643.

Confirmation

A person who has been previously baptised becomes a confirmed member of Walton United by making a public profession of faith after a course of study and being confirmed through a public service of worship called confirmation.

Our next Confirmation class will be in 2024. Click here for details.

Are you having baptisms / christenings during the pandemic?

During the pandemic, we are having private Baptisms / Christenings, which are held at 1:30pm on Sunday afternoons. These private baptisms allow family members to be part of this special time, in a safe environment, masked (anyone over 3) and distanced.

Please see our Baptisms page for more details.

Do We Have To Be A Member of Walton?

No, we welcome you to have your child Baptised/ Christened at Walton, whether you are a member of the congregation or not. Of course, if you choose at some time to become a member, we would be honoured to have you.

When and Where Does The Baptism Take Place?

Baptisms/Christenings take place privately on Sunday afternoons in our air- conditioned sanctuary, usually the service is about 20 minutes in length. We have baptisms about half the Sunday afternoons of the year. Dates are usually available at any given time for various Sundays over the next few months. We work on a first come, first serve system, so the earlier you reserve your Sunday and time, the more selection of dates will be available. A Baptism may be held any time after at least one parent has attended the Baptismal Preparation Session, in person, by zoom or by phone.

What Are The Baptismal/ Christening Preparation Sessions?

They are like a wedding rehearsal to prepare for the Baptism by going through various parts of the service. They also look at the history, holistic meaning and options in the Sacrament of Baptism/ Christening. We require at least one parent to attend a session before the actual Baptismal Sunday, although anyone is welcome to attend these sessions. We offer the session about every 6-8 weeks, at your convenience. When you book your Baptismal Session, you can book your Baptism at the same time.

Does My Child Have To Wear A White Gown?

No, a gown is only an option that you may or may not choose. There is no requirement on the part of the Church that a gown must be worn or that the child needs to be dressed in white. Remember, children are usually more content being cooler than warmer during the service.

Can We Have Godparents?

Yes, but they are only an option on your part. We recommend every family have legal guardians, but Godparents are optional and based on your preference and perhaps your family traditions. The Godparents may or may not be the Guardians. It is your choice. You may have anywhere from 1 to 12 Godparents. They can be relatives or friends. They do not need to be married couples. You do not have to have an even number of men or women. They can actively be involved in the service if you choose. If they are not available the day of the service, you can have them named in absentia or have a surrogate stand in for them. A Godparent Certificate can be presented to them.

Is There Any Cost?

No, there are no fees for Baptisms/Christening or any of the supplies, like the certificates or candles. If you choose to make a donation to the Church in the offering plate which is located at the entrance and exit of the church, that is your option.

Can I Invite My Family And Friends?

Yes, please invite as many people as you would like to the service. To help make the service as special as possible please follow these suggestions:

• Ask your guests to be at the service 5 minutes before it begins.
• Inform the guests that it is private Baptism/ Christening that is the service.
• Provide a map to all your guests so they know exactly where the Church is located (available from the Church office or website: www.waltonmemorial.com)

(revised October 2022)

 

Walton welcomes you to contact us about Baptisms / Christenings.

Baptism Rev JimYou do not need to be a member. All we ask is that you attend a Baptismal/Christening information session, whether that is in person, on zoom, or by phone, this time is similar to a wedding rehearsal, to prepare for the Baptism / Christening of your child/children.

The Walton congregation would be delighted if you choose to have your child/children Baptised/Christened at Walton. Baptisms/Christenings are held privately in our air-conditioned sanctuary.

The following information will be very helpful in preparing for the Sacrament of Baptism/Christening:

• Washrooms are located in the hallway, just prior to entering the Bronte Hall, or across from the Nursery room on the lower level.
• A change table is located in the Wheel Chair Accessible Family Washroom on the ground floor near the offices.

Baptism @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

We want your child’s baptism to be a wonderful day of celebration and thanksgiving and that you will enjoy this spiritual milestone in the life of your child.

We hope this information is helpful and allows you to participate and enjoy this time of worship at Walton Church. Please come and join us in worship again soon.

Please read our Baptism – FAQs

If our Minister, Rev. Gill, our Baptismal Coordinator, Val Waldron, or any other of the staff or leaders, can be of assistance, please contact us at (905) 827-1643 or e-mail office@waltonmemorial.com